Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Way


John 14:6 NLT
Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

A lot of people don’t like this verse. They want more than one way to get there. I’m glad there is only one right way because you know it when you find it. I’ve tried all sorts of ways to feel complete knowing there had to be something bigger than myself despite what I was taught in school. There is no hope in a world that was a random accident and then you simply die. I don’t like the idea of some great collective of spirit or mind or whatever. That has no hope since at the end you are absorbed into it. Then there is the whole rave of self help I experienced. If I could do it all myself, I would have known how to deal with life a long time ago.

I see science proving a precision that no random action could account for. There is a moral standard that can be found in humans living the most primitive ways to those living in great cities. Someone wanted us here and has implanted a desire in all of us to find Him. Of all the things I’ve studied, Jesus is the only one with the full answer. And if He lied about that, then He isn’t who He says He is. However, I have yet to find anything that proves God lied and that He doesn’t care.

Ps 119:30-32 NJKV
I have chosen the way of truth; Your judgments I have laid before me. 
31 I cling to Your testimonies; O LORD, do not put me to shame!
32 I will run the course of Your commandments, for You shall enlarge my heart.

This is what I keep working on. Sure I make mistakes, but I keep learning more and more as I continue my journey with Christ. I believe what it says. I’ve seen far more things that make me believe than not. Some of them are the most awesome miracles that can compete with anything you read Jesus doing or what the disciples did after He rose to heaven. It all happens because God loves every one of us despite our sins and wants us to live a full life even here on earth where we have trials and tribulations. It can happen to you, if you simply believe and follow.

John 14:21 NLT
Those who obey my commandments are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them, and I will love them. And I will reveal myself to each one of them." 

The great thing is God loves us and if we want to show our love back, we simply have to follow His commandments. Love is a two way relationship and Jesus wants to not only be Lord of Lords and King of Kings in your life, but your close friend. That is how He reveals Himself to us. Without that relationship we won’t know the truth.

I’m a very analytical person, hence my life as an engineer and project manager. Faith is needed, but I can’t help checking things out. I can put more faith in Jesus being the only way to God than I can in believing we are random accidents of chance created out of a Big Bang. I’m sorry, nothing cannot create something. I’ll keep learning about our amazing world in my analytical way, but I’ll be doing it with the help of God and my faith in His Way being the Truth.

I wish I had learned like my husband as a child. We all need faith like a child even as we mature. Keeping it simple can help us not get distracted and my husband helps me with this. There’s synergy in our very different testimonies that help us follow Jesus and express this to the world.

What’s your testimony and are you sharing it? If you haven’t accepted Christ yet, take a step out in faith and see where the journey leads.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Wonderful


Isa 9:6 NLT
For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. And the government will rest on his shoulders. These will be his royal titles: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

What wonderful news this verse gave us. Jesus is our Wonderful Counselor as is the Holy Spirit that He sent after He ascended to heaven. We need not figure everything out for ourselves or even feel alone. We are made in God’s image, are wonderfully made, and have both His Words and His Spirit to show us the way.

Ps 75:1 NKJV
We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks! For Your wondrous works declare that Your name is near.

Philip Yancey said, “It is a terrible thing, I found, to be grateful and have no one to thank, to be awed and have no one to worship.” I would agree with Him. Before becoming a Christian most things seemed to depend on self effort and we supposedly resulted from a big bang and are here because we won the lottery or something. However, I knew in truth something amazing happened in a concise way. Science had enough proven laws and facts to show this world was perfectly designed. When I met Jesus, I now had someone to thank and to worship. I believe that God’s creation is the only logical explanation to the world’s existence and our human lives.

Ps 119:18 NLT:  Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your law.

God amazingly provided us with His Word, the Holy Bible, to explain creation, our history, His Law, and as a guide to help us travel in the right direction while here on earth. The Holy Spirit will help us interpret it and discern the world around us for its application if we let Him. Following His Word and Law leads to many wondrous things even in a life filled with trials and tribulations. It is hard for me to express how awesome life has been since I accepted Jesus Christ. I truly feel saved from the miserable wreck I was. Without Him life would have gotten progressively worse. Thankfully I am now learning, growing and have a great relationship with Christ. His Law makes sense, and with His Spirit’s help is not that hard to follow, even if the world wants to make us think otherwise.

Joel 2:26 NKJV
You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; and My people shall never be put to shame.

God does deal with us in wondrous ways to not only get our attention, like He did with me when I was desperate for answers, but it never stops as we walk with Him. I am still learning and I hope what I am sharing helps you decide to follow Him and learn His ways. It’s been a wonderful journey so far. I’m expecting it to continue through plenty more trials where I learn and can show Him better to everyone. I’d like everyone to come on this journey because fellowship makes everything better.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Great Is Our God


I am glad we have many words to help us understand God and to see Him as great, even awesome. When He created man and put us on the earth, He wanted to have relationships with us. He gave us free will to make this truly possible. However, He also expected to see misguidance, wrong choices and rebellion sever the relationships.

It took me a long time to figure out God primarily due to the people professing Him not showing Him properly to me. God wanted me and a relationship with me more than I wanted Him. He led me to people who did know and relate to Him properly. They would talk to me about God and what knowing Him meant to them. Eventually I realized I needed Jesus and relationships with these kinds of people. This knowledge kept me in church and gave me opportunities to learn more. The best part was the sense of true worship of Him every Sunday and a close daily relationship with Him. I can relate to Him and believe in the following verses.

Psalm 48:1 NLT
How great is the LORD, and how much we should praise him in the city of our God, which is on his holy mountain!

1 Chronicles 16:25-27 NKJV
For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He is also to be feared above all gods.
26 For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the LORD made the heavens.
27 Honor and majesty are before Him; Strength and gladness are in His place.

Nothing else can help you overcome and I’ve tried a lot of things. It’s our great and mighty Creator that can help us. He made everything and made sure we could have the power to enjoy it all if we stayed in a relationship with Him. He also gave us the Law to help us understand how we can stay on the right path.

Hosea 8:12 NKJV
I have written for him the great things of My law, but they were considered a strange thing.

However, our world is shunning His Law. The culture does not want to see God as the ultimate being above all. Everyone wants to do things their own way. How many times did the Israelites have issues for doing things their way instead of Gods way? Every time they turned from God bad things happened. History should be teaching us something here. All the nations that ruled by might only lasted as long as they had human force enough to keep it going. The Israelites had a God to show that might when they chose to let Him be their King of Kings.

Lamentations 3:23-24 NLT
Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day.

God is never going to let you down. I know when it feels like He has; it is my own selfish feelings or incorrect decision that got me to that feeling. I may have a lot of trials and tribulations in this life that seem never ending, but I won’t stop looking for His new mercies every morning I wake up.

Titus 2:12-13 NLT
We should live in this evil world with self-control, right conduct, and devotion to God, 13 while we look forward to that wonderful event when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed.

I am still working to live like Paul told Titus to do and I hope you endeavor to do the same. Why? Because God is Great!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Honorable


Isa 42:21 NKJV
The LORD is well pleased for His righteousness' sake; He will exalt the law and make it honorable.

Jesus uses the Law in His sermon on the mount to get people to understand that they are sinners. Thanks to John the Baptist going before Him preaching of repentance, the Jews knew such a thing was needed. Many of them did repent and John baptized them. Let’s look at some of the first verses from the Sermon on the Mount.

Matt 5:3-10 NJKV
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 
5 Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. 
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. 
7 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. 
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, or they shall be called sons of God. 
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

He is describing a repentant heart which would be needed to understand the rest of His sermon of what God would do for them.

A proud heart is not going to claim it is poor. It will not mourn over sin. It is not meek or lowly. It does not thirst for righteousness. It can only show mercy at the shallow level the world can. It is not a pure heart. The proud heart is looking out for itself first and we are supposed to be putting God and then all our neighbors next in what we love. We are to love our enemies.

I still find I need to repent because my heart still needs work to fit into these blessings. Thankfully I know when I mess up and I know foremost I must repent to God. Once I am repentant, I can honestly show love to the person with how I have to apologize or whatever else I must do to correct the wrong I may have done.

We must do the same as Jesus did in His sermon. We cannot convince the world it needs Jesus if it does not realize it is broken. God’s Law is the moral standard of where our standing is with God. We must be living like we truly believe this and showing how to repent when we know we have broken the Law. A true believer would do the following with joy and be blessed as God’s child.

Isa 58:13-14 NLT
"Keep the Sabbath day holy. Don't pursue your own interests on that day, but enjoy the Sabbath and speak of it with delight as the LORD's holy day. Honor the LORD in everything you do, and don't follow your own desires or talk idly. If you do this, 14 the LORD will be your delight. I will give you great honor and give you your full share of the inheritance I promised to Jacob, your ancestor. I, the LORD, have spoken!"

Don’t be scared if you have broken the Law. Take this moment to repent and get right with God through Jesus Christ. If you do, you will be accepted by God.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Peace Comes Through Christ


Peace is a hard thing to find in our diversified world with many conflicting ideas. No matter what, we can find peace with God.

Psalms 119:165 NLT:  Those who love your law have great peace and do not stumble.

We’ve already discussed that just following the Law does not make us right with God, but we should know it. If we follow how we are to treat others and how to react to them when they don’t treat us right, we can actually find a way to peace. It might only be a peace of mind that we did it by God’s Law.

Hebrews 13:20-21 NLT
And now, may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ all that is pleasing to him. Jesus is the great Shepherd of the sheep by an everlasting covenant, signed with his blood. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.

God will produce in us through the power of Jesus what is pleasing to Him. He does not just give us the Law anymore and expect us to get it right on our own. He helps us with His power through Christ. Once Jesus returned to heaven, He sent us the Holy Spirit as our helper and counselor to understand the Law more fully and be able to see how to apply it to life like Jesus did.

John 16:33 NLT
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.

Jesus wanted us to find our peace in Him. He knew this world would not be friendly or easy to live in. There will always be that one person that doesn’t get it and keeps on irritating people. Your kids will probably argue about doing chores or their homework on time. You might be overlooked at work or even lose a job due to no fault of your own. It takes a lot of work to feel at peace with it all and then handle it like Jesus did. However, we have His power and He already overcame the world and all that is in it. If you are following Jesus, you are following the ultimate winner and He did not have it easy here on earth because He chose to remove His godly mantle when He came to be with us.

Romans 5:1 NLT:  Therefore, since we have been made right in God's sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.

And I like how many epistles in the Bible, since they were letters, end with a blessing of some sort. In the case of Romans, is that God would be with them.

Romans 15:33 NLT:  And now may God, who gives us his peace, be with you all. Amen.

If you don’t have an inner peace despite how life is going, where are you looking for it? I suggest going to Jesus. You will still have trials and tribulation, but you will gain an inner peace no one can take from you.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

I Know God is True

John 3:33 NLT:  Those who believe him discover that God is true.

I have followed Christ for the last sixteen years of my life. I still have plenty to learn, but the more I study the Word and study how our world works, I know for sure that God is real and is telling us the truth.

For one, the world was created with a very fine tuned intricacy that could not be a random accident. It would have to be millions of random accidents that coincided. I think I would have better chances winning a jackpot with a Power Ball ticket than the world forming as is out of random nothingness. So when I read Genesis chapter one, it makes more sense because there is a cause for the universe. Maybe the Big Bang was God’s voice in the void. At least, there is a plausible cause with this theory unlike the Big Bang that assumes something could come out of nothing without giving us a cause.

I'd rather get some wisdom from Him rather than the world. The world only knows the face I put on for them. God knew me before he knit me in my mother’s womb. I can believe this far better than being a random hiccup in the great universe that will someday die into nothingness again. That sounds rather bleak and hopeless. It definitely has no love in it or any need for a moral code, but the world is always looking for both despite denying God.

The following verses show further how God and His Law are true. After all, it is His commandments that contain our moral code. We try to say we can do three through ten on our own, but we really can’t because we need the first two for knowing and understanding how love works. Then the rest can be handled properly.

1 John 5:20 NLT
And we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And now we are in God because we are in his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life.

Nehemiah 9:13 NLT
You came down on Mount Sinai and spoke to them from heaven. You gave them regulations and instructions that were just, and laws and commands that were true.

I’ve gone from believing what I was fed in school about evolution and such, to knowing God created it all. I’ll take Jesus at His word about claiming to be God when He was on the earth. To say He came only as a great teacher would put all His teaching at fault because He claimed to be God to the Jews.


What facts are your beliefs based on? Do they give a plausible cause to things we can’t explain nor test scientifically? Do they give any guidance to using the moral code we all have implanted on our hearts?

To compare this to our study on Truth posted on January 8th, 2018 follow this link: http://lifebythebible.blogspot.com/2018/01/truth.html.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

God is Righteous and It Is His Gift to Us


Psalms 145:17-20 NKJV
The LORD is righteous in all His ways, Gracious in all His works.
18 The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.
19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them.
20 The LORD preserves all who love Him, But all the wicked He will destroy.

Note the word all throughout the verses above. Not only is God righteous about everything He does and how He does it, He is gracious about it. We should never fear going to Him. In the end He will save us and put wickedness to an end.

Jeremiah 23:5-6 NKJV
"Behold, the days are coming," says the LORD, "That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. 6 In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell safely; now this is His name by which He will be called:
THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

This is talking of Jesus, who died on the cross for us. His blood allowed a cleansing no other sacrifice could. He is God and we should love Him and accept His gracious gifts.

Rom 9:30-33 NLT
Well then, what shall we say about these things? Just this: The Gentiles have been made right with God by faith, even though they were not seeking him. 31 But the Jews, who tried so hard to get right with God by keeping the law, never succeeded. 32 Why not? Because they were trying to get right with God by keeping the law and being good instead of by depending on faith. They stumbled over the great rock in their path. 33 God warned them of this in the Scriptures when he said, "I am placing a stone in Jerusalem that causes people to stumble, and a rock that makes them fall. But anyone who believes in him will not be disappointed."

We act much like the Jews did in the verses above. We work to keep to the rules of going to church, doing work in some ministry, giving our offerings and trying to be nice enough. This is not how we earn anything from God. We cannot earn anything from God. He is giving it all as a gift to anyone who accepts Him as His Word States. God’s plan is for us to realize that we can never be good enough on our own power and that we must depend on Christ. Be sure you are more dedicated to God than to His Law. Once you accept His Gracious Love, you will want to abide properly in His Law and use the help of the Holy Spirit to guide you for the rest of your life.

Ps 119:172 NLT
Let my tongue sing about your word, for all your commands are right.

Let this desire be your own. His Word is our weapon against the darkness of this world and it will lead us into the light where He can help us live a righteous life by the covering of His blood. Let God be foremost in your life and help you acquire His righteousness correctly.